Saturday, March 28, 2015

Cookout, Helen's Trail, March 28, 2015

Photos by Astrid T and Pim D.
Twenty-nine people including several newcomers celebrated the end of a long winter with a cookout on Helen's Trail off the Stanrock Road.  People brought hot dogs, sausages, baked potatoes and even a stir-fry for the main course along with a cake and chocolates for dessert.  We had a nice fire going under the sun and made for a perfect social get-together.  Many thanks to everyone who contributed to making this a wonderful way to welcome spring!  PHOTOS

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Quirke Tailings, March 26, 2015

Photos by Astrid T. and Paavo V.
Seven hikers joined Ron T. on a snowy Thursday morning as he led a hike on the Quirke tailings.  Even though there was a fresh dump of snow, mild temperatures made for sticky conditions and we opted to leave the snowshoes behind.  PHOTOS

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

***** April 2, 2015 General Meeting Agenda *****

APRIL 2, 2015. 7:00 PM

- Minutes of last meeting:
- Report from Secretary/Treasurer:
- Report from Trail Master:
- We need suggestions for C de B activities / input for Elliot Lake 60th celebrations;
- Ideas for Trail Signs (not on mine property;
- Reminders:
- If on mine property, the emergency # to get a gate unlocked is 1-705-461-0466;
-Sweeps name on sign-up sheets (don’t forget to log trail clearing requirements);
- Hike Leaders remember that all our hikers don’t travel at the same speed;
- Membership dues to be paid directly to the Soo. Notify Donna so she can update list;
- New Members to notify Donna; (so she can put you on members list right away);
- Paddle outings: If on the Blog, make sure it says “NOT a VTA sanctioned event”;
- Use the new sign-up sheets (please destroy the old ones) Pass completed ones to Jim (for stats). Will give to Donna to forward to VTA;
- Need volunteers to help organize the Christmas Party (December 3rd, 2015 at the Moose);
- Hike Leader Renewals and Hike Leaders Course: Gerry;
- C de B in Mississagi Park: Gerry
If required, can we expend $ to replace the dining tent we use at the park;
- Family Hikes: Gerry
- Hike times for winter hikes: George, Discuss;
- Combined paddle and hike with a pot luck at Camp Thompson (if possible) after. Tentative dates are: 23 May and 03 Oct. We will need volunteers for the pot luck;
- C de B donations to charities: Special Olympics, Food Bank. Discuss, motion?;
- SPOT. Jim
- Shared Use Trails Committee: Jim
- C de B brochure - Astrid
-Spruce Budworm Study volunteers:
-3 days /week,
- 2 days /week,
-one day /week: Jim
- Club Activities 2015:
- Highway Cleanup Apr/May and Sept/Oct (treasure in the trash) Dates TBA;
- VTA Trail Maintenance Week 11 – 18 May. Info TBA when known;
- C de B will be involved with the Lumberjack Days at Mississagi (long W.E. in Aug);
(we will be calling for volunteers)
- Next Hike Leaders Planning Meeting: 14th April, in the clubhouse at 2:30;
-General Meetings: - Sept and Nov. this year;
-Trail Clearing (signup sheets)
-Christmas Party -December 3rd, 2015 at the Moose.
- Thanks to all our Winterfest volunteers for another successful family snowshoe.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Stanleigh TMA, March 24, 2015

Photos by Astrid T.
Beautiful blue skies today as Jim led a group of sixteen hikers on a road hike along Stanleigh Mine Road today.  We had lunch at the rock quarry before heading back to our vehicles and coffee at McD's.  PHOTOS

Panel Mine Road, March 21, 2015

Photos by Astrid T.
Mushy snow conditions prevented us from accessing the Snowshoe trail as planned, so we substituted a road hike along Panel Mine Road instead.  We had lunch amongst the bird feeders.  Some of us were lucky enough to have them eating out of our hands!  PHOTOS

Monday, March 23, 2015

***** COOKOUT TIME!!! *****

Saturday March 28th will be a cookout at Helen's Trail.  Please bring whatever food you would like to cook over the fire; we will supply the baked potatoes, mustard, relish and ketchup!  Hike time to the fire is only about 20 minutes.  We will meet in the parking lot at 10 am as usual.  Hope to see you there!

Eagle Trail, March 23, 2015

Commentary by Phill B.  
Ron Kruger guided 4 of us on a hike of the Eagle Trail, lead by Phill B. Unfortunate that so few came out as the day, although cool, was in bright sun and little, if any, wind.

This is a very pretty trail that starts from the golf course and meanders through wooded areas with only minor hills to a scenic lookout over a small unnamed lake. Total time was about 90 minutes, ideal for the leisure hike category.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

***** Hiker Chicks Dinner *****

A reminder that this month's Hiker Chicks dinner is coming up soon!  Friday, March 27th, 5 pm, at Dunlop Lake Lodge.  Please call Joyce at 705-847-0074 by Wed Mar 25/15 if you would like to attend.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Denison Road, March 16, 2015

Commentary and photos by Allan R.
Al and Charlotte together with 3 club members walked Dennison Mine Rd.  from the highway to a lunch spot near the mansion gate. The weather was overcast but mild, peaking at 8C. Wildlife sitings: 1 red squirrel and snow fleas!  PHOTOS

Saturday, March 14, 2015